24 Jun 2019 11:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 24 JUN (NAMPA) - The Keetmanshoop garment manufacturing factory that was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 10.9 million in 2016, will start operating this year.
The factory, which has not been used since construction was completed in 2016, is located at the !Homs Ai community tourism centre in the Tseiblaagte residential area.
It is one of three Namibia Development Corporation garment projects meant to serve as a lifeline for many former workers of the defunct Ramatex garment factory and to provide jobs to women skilled in sewing.
The other two garment factories are in Windhoek and Ongwediva.
During her fourth State of the Region Address recently, //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson said the factory will be commissioned between July and August this year.
She explained that the government in the motivation to establish industries in southern Namibia took a Cabinet decision on the socio-economic plight of the people of the South and constructed the garment manufacturing and furniture manufacturing plants.
The garment factory will focus on production of school uniforms and other garments. This move is a step in the right direction as it ties into our strategy of growth at home, said Basson.
She urged all government institutions, factories, and mines to procure at least 20 per cent of their protective clothing, school uniforms and other garments from the factory.
In this way the factory will be able to sustain its operations and maintain the jobs of those employed there, she said.
On the furniture plant the governor said a lease agreement was signed with the project promoter, but the production of furniture has not yet started.
Our office is planning on devising strategies to fix school desks and chairs in our region, stretching out to the Hardap and Omaheke regions, the governor said.
The furniture plant was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 11.2 million.